‘We’re not in a good place’: Here’s why Democrats and Republicans can’t agree to terms to stop another shutdown11th February 2019
The scramble to avoid another government shutdown has stalled out as an end of Friday deadline looms for Congress to strike an agreement on border security.
Efforts to prevent the second partial funding lapse of the year have hit a roadblock, a Democratic aide told CNBC on Sunday. The Republican side also showed concerns. “The talks are stalled right now,” Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., the top GOP negotiator on a conference committee trying to hash out an immigration spending deal, told “Fox News Sunday.”
An argument over how best to allocate border security money now threatens to reopen fresh wounds for the 800,000 federal workers who missed two paychecks during a record 35-day shutdown in December and January. Even as both major parties show no appetite for another closure, the ongoing dispute over immigration policy could stifle efforts to keep the government running.Read full story...